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An Architecture for Decision-Making in the Factory of the Future



R Jackson, Albert T. Jones


A major manufacturing research facility is being established at the National Bureau of Standards. The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility has been designed to address the standards and measurement needs for the factory of the future. A five-layer hierarchical control architecture is under development to control the various production and support activities needed to drive that factory. The proper execution of many of these activities requires the solution to one or more optimization problems. This paper proposes a decision- making hierarchy which parallels that control architecture, describes the problems that exist at each level within that hierarchy, and discusses the work underway at NBS to address some of those problems.
Special Issue of ORSA Interfaces on Flexible Manufacturing


AMRF, hierarchical control architecture, standard, measurement


Jackson, R. and Jones, A. (1987), An Architecture for Decision-Making in the Factory of the Future, Special Issue of ORSA Interfaces on Flexible Manufacturing, [online], (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created December 31, 1986, Updated October 12, 2021